Destiny Tutorial For this tutorial, you will have to toggle back and forth between this screen and the Destiny screen. If you need help doing this, please let the librarian know.
In this tutorial, you will learn how to use Destiny, Ardmore City Schools’ online card catalog. You will also be answering questions using Destiny, so be sure you have a sheet of paper and something to write with. On a sheet of paper, write the answer to this question: 1.) Look online or in a print dictionary for the definition of the word “card catalog.” Write the definition.
On the desktop, double click on the Destiny icon. It looks like this and will be in the upper-right- hand corner of the screen. Next, click on “Ardmore High School” on the left-hand side of the page. This will bring you to the AHS library home page. At the top of the page, you will see a green tab that says “Home.” Click on the gray “Catalog” tab next to that. You are now on the search page for AHS’s online card catalog.
On the search page, you can search for materials in the library, including books, videos, audiobooks, and equipment. Students are only allowed to check out books and audiobooks. Under the search bar, there are six search boxes: Keyword , Title , Author , Subject , Series , and One Search . When you type a search word or phrase into the search box, you can locate materials in that particular category.
The most useful search tools are Title and Author . They enable you to look for materials with a particular title or by a particular author. Let’s search for different materials. In the search box, type in the title To Kill a Mockingbird and click the Title button. Answer this question on a sheet of paper: 2.) How many results do you get when you click the title button? In other words, how many separate entries do you get on the results page? (If you don’t understand this question, please ask the librarian for help.)
Click back on the “Catalog” tab at the top of the screen. In the search box, type To Kill a Mockingbird again, but this time click the Author box under the search box. Answer these questions on a sheet of paper: 3.) How many results do you get this time? 4.) Why is there a difference in the number of results you get when you choose to search by Author instead of Title ?
Click again on the “Catalog” tab at the top of the screen. Type To Kill a Mockingbird again into the search box. This time, press Enter on the keyboard when you’re finished. Answer this question on a sheet of paper: 4.) How many results do you get this time? If you are looking up a subject, it is useful to just press the Enter button after you type in the subject you’re looking for.
Answer these questions on a sheet of paper: 5.) How many books do we have with the word “flower” in the title? (If you’re not sure how to figure out this question, ask for help.) 6.) How many different titles do we have by Scott Turow? 7.) How many entries do we have for books about butterflies?
Now we’re going to look at the information contained in each entry. Look for the book Exploring our Solar System by Sally Ride. On the results page, you will see the title of the book with 523.2 RID and Ride, Sally underneath. The set of numbers and letters immediately under the title (523.2 RID) is the item’s call number. Write the answer on a piece of paper: 8.) Look online or in a print dictionary for the definition of the word “call number.” Write the definition.
So a call number’s main function is to tell where an item is located in the library. Look back at the entry for Exploring our Solar System by Sally Ride. To the right of the call number is the name of the author. Underneath that is the publication year of the book. Now, look way over to the right, and you will see “1 of 1 available.” That means we have one copy of the item and it is available. Now click on the title Exploring Our Solar System.
Now you see more information about the book. At the top of the entry, there is the call number, the title of the book, the authors of the book (notice there is more than one author!), and how many copies the library has. Underneath that is a sentence telling what the book is about. Write the answer on a sheet of paper: 9.) Write word for word the sentence telling what the book is about.
Answer each of the following questions on a sheet of paper using information found in Destiny. 10.) Who wrote the book All the Broken Pieces ? 11.) What is the call number of the book Killer Rocks from Outer Space ? 12.) What is the book Absolute Rulers by Michael Pollard about?
Materials whose call numbers begin with CC are found in the college and career section.
Materials whose call numbers begin with B are found in the biography section.
Materials whose call numbers begin with R are found in the reference section.
Materials whose call numbers begin with VT are found in the video closet (cannot be checked out by students).
Refer back to this list when answering the questions on the next page.
13.) In what section of the library will you find A Brief History of Montmaray ? 14.) In what section of the library will you find Judas Priest: “Metal Gods” ? 15.) In what section of the library will you find Careers in Graphic Arts ? 16.) In what section of the library will you find Miss Nelson is Back ? 17.) In what section of the library will you find The Atmosphere Crisis ? 18.) In what section of the library will you find Giant Steps ?
In order to understand the different sections of the library, you need to understand what each section means. Look up the following words online or in a print dictionary and write down the definitions on a sheet of paper. 19.) What is fiction? 20.) What is nonfiction? 21.) What is reference? 22.) What is a biography? 23.) What is an audiobook?
You may have noticed that the nonfiction, college and career, and reference sections all have a series of numbers as their call numbers. That’s because those materials are arranged according to the Dewey Decimal System. The Dewey Decimal System divides books by topic and assigns them a call number (and location) based on that topic. The Dewey Decimal System starts with the numbers 001 and goes to 999.999… The Dewey Decimal System arranges materials in numerical (or number) order. That means that books with the call number 100 will go before books with the call number 200 will go before books with the call number 300, etc.
On a sheet of paper, put these call numbers in numerical (number) order, beginning with the lowest number: 101.7 750 621.112 410 376.2
Each number in the Dewey Decimal System indicates a different topic. These are the overall categories: 001-099 = Computer science, information and general works 100-199 = Philosophy and psychology 200-299 = Religion 300-399 = Social sciences 400-499 = Language 500-599 = Science and mathematics 600-699 = Technology and applied science 700-799 = Arts and recreation 800- 899 = Literature 900-999 = History and geography
On a sheet of paper, answer these questions. Base your answers on the chart on the previous page. 29.) In which numerical category would the book Religions of the World be found? 30.) In which numerical category would the book A Short History of The United States be found? 31.) In which numerical category would the book Study and Criticism of Italian Art be found? 32.) In which numerical category would the book Asimov’s Guide to Science be found?
Destiny is useful for finding materials on a variety of subjects, whether fiction or nonfiction. Imagine that you are doing a research project on natural disasters. Find three nonfiction books in the library that you could use for this project and write down their titles as numbers 33, 34, and 35 on your paper.